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Flyers 4, Islanders 1: No Jakub Voracek or Nolan Patrick, no problem

Flyers 4, Islanders 1: No Jakub Voracek or Nolan Patrick, no problem

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Just like old times.

The first regular-season game at Nassau Coliseum in four years was reminiscent of the Flyers' dominance in years past. 

Travis Konecny and Travis Sanheim continued their red-hot play with first-period goals, and Brian Elliott stopped 29 shots in a 4-1 victory Sunday over the Islanders.

Here are my observations:

• Jakub Voracek missed his first game of the season with a lower-body injury and is day to day. As a result, interim head coach Scott Gordon elected to go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen (which he admitted he doesn't prefer to do). However, I question the Flyers' decision to not carry an extra forward on this three-game road trip and/or why they didn’t call one up from Lehigh Valley, which would have been a short drive to Long Island. 

• After losing Nolan Patrick, who took a shot to the back of the head, the Flyers were relegated to just 10 forwards. With that, Gordon was forced to mix and match his lines. One thought was to move a defenseman into a fourth-line wing role, like Shayne Gostisbehere. Patrick missed the remainder of the game with an upper-body injury and is day to day.

If Patrick can’t return for Wednesday’s game against the Capitals, it will be interesting to see what direction Gordon goes with his roster. The team could recall Justin Bailey or it could possibly give Greg Carey a look on a short-term basis. Carey has three 25-goal seasons with the Phantoms.

• You don’t see Sanheim overpower a forward too often, but he has a nose for the goal right now as he bulled his way past Anthony Beauvillier to score his fourth goal in his last four games. Sanheim has become the Flyers' best offensive defenseman and he’s putting up the numbers to prove that, with 14 points in his last 16 games.

• Did you notice just how horrific the Islanders' defensemen were in this game? Konecny abused Scott Mayfield on the Flyers' first goal, but the real gaffe came with Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk collapsing on Michael Raffl, leaving the Islanders' forwards to fend for themselves in front of the net. Scott Laughton took full advantage and put home his own rebound.

• Who knows how the goaltending job will be divided once Carter Hart returns, but as long as Brian Elliott continues to turn in solid performances, Gordon needs to ride the hot hand. Elliott hasn’t had a clunker of a game since his return from injury, and while he doesn’t always make a textbook save, he just stops the puck, and this was one of his best against Jordan Eberle.

• The Islanders provided such a lifeless performance, you can’t help but wonder if there’s a letdown following their 6-1 trouncing of the Maple Leafs in the return of John Tavares. Perhaps it’s perfect timing the Flyers face them three times this month, including next Saturday.

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Flyers, James van Riemsdyk release statements amid Philadelphia protests following George Floyd's death

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Flyers, James van Riemsdyk release statements amid Philadelphia protests following George Floyd's death

Updated: 5:50 p.m.

In late March, Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher opened a conference call with an acknowledgement and a message of gratitude for those working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

"I just wanted to mention that before we started talking about the small piece of the world that I work in which is ice hockey," Fletcher said then.

Hockey didn't feel in the realm of importance to the world's current events at the time. Right now, it doesn't come close to the magnitude of the country's current events.

Fletcher and the Flyers respectfully postponed the general manager's scheduled media availability for Monday in light of what has transpired following the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Floyd was killed in police custody after Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into the 46-year-old black man's neck.

Starting on Saturday, joining others across the United States, protests focused on racial injustice began in Philadelphia and continued through Monday.

The Flyers released the following statement Tuesday morning via their Twitter account:

We don't have the answers, but this much we know ...

We believe in racial equality without exception, and our hearts are broken.

For Philadelphia and the nation, we join the chorus calling for justice, the elimination of systemic racism, unity and peace.

James van Riemsdyk, the Flyers' NHLPA representative who lives in Minnesota and is from Middletown, New Jersey, shared a message on his Instagram account Tuesday night.

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Flyers Talk podcast: Head of strength and conditioning Chris Osmond gives insight on team's adjustments

Flyers Talk podcast: Head of strength and conditioning Chris Osmond gives insight on team's adjustments

On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall are joined by special guest Chris Osmond, the Flyers' head of strength and conditioning.

From Osmond's insight on the Flyers' fitness to our analysis on prospects/awards, let's dive in:

1:00 — Which defenseman will climb the fastest to the Flyers — Egor Zamula, Wyatte Wylie, Linus Hogberg or Wyatt Kalynuk?

7:05 — Osmond discusses the Flyers' daily questionnaire with players

9:40 — Ivan Provorov has a unique style of working out

11:45 — The big adjustments Osmond has had to make with players in quarantine

15:45 — What will be the toughest challenge for the Flyers leading up to a possible resumption?

• 17:25 — The importance of a good diet for Carter Hart and the team

• 19:00 — "None of us have been through this" 

20:10 — Osmond loves the Flyers' victory song

24:50 — Is Sean Couturier the Selke Trophy winner?

29:20 — Who is Alain Vigneault's biggest competition for the Jack Adams Award?

40:00 — Which former Flyer would we pick to be our favorite teammate?

• 45:15 — A taste of the "Marathon on Ice"

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